Hal Cruttenden, The National

As soon as the comedian Hal Cruttenden steps on stage you know that you are in safe hands. Safe, of course, doesn’t have to mean boring. Cruttenden, a comedian since 1996, has spent enough time on stage to make stand-up look easy. Working as the warm-up act for Rob Brydon, the star of Gavin and Stacey, on his UK tour, he has also scooped a nomination for the highly prized Perrier newcomer award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2002.

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